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Passport and Notarial Fees Increases

      From  1 January 2017, passport and notarial fees increases will apply :

For Passports, the following increases will apply:

  • 10-year validity passport for persons aged 16 and over: new fee $277.
  • 5-year validity passport for children under 16 years and persons aged 75 and over: new fee $139.
  • Emergency passport overseas: new fee $175.
  • The overseas surcharge for passport applications lodged outside Australia will increase to $52 for children under 18 years and to $103 for adults.

For Notarials, the new fees will range between $70 and $140 AUD depending on the requested service. This increase takes into account that Australian notarial fees have not increased in 16 years, the growing costs of delivering notarial services and risisng demand. The new fees structure aligns with those charged by commercial providers.

Did you know that…

… Australia is the fourth largest economy in the Asian region and is the 12th largest economy in the world?
… Australian Indigenous art is the oldest ongoing tradition of art in the world?
… English is Australia’s national language but 300+ languages are spoken in Aussie homes?

Click here to learn more about Australian culture, politics, cuisine, economy and life!

Consular Update

On 19 October, Australian Foreign Minister Ms Julie Bishop launched the results of a survey on travel insurance behaviour of Australians. The result of the survey showed that Australians are making more than ten million international trips last year, which means that getting the right travel insurance is critical. The survey shows that eight per cent of Australian adults (843,000) travelled without travel insurance on their last trip. This figure almost doubles for 18-24 year olds.

The insurance report makes interesting reading alongside the Department’s 2015-16 Consular State of Play. This report, which draws on the financial year consular statistics, provides detail on case types and locations, as well as anecdotal information about consular cases. This report is aimed at improving public understanding of the consular role.

Minister Bishop also invited public input into the development of the Department’s second three-year consular strategy. Public comment will be open until 18 November. See the DFAT Consular Services websites  for more information.

Benefits of an Australian Education

Brought to you by Austrade Moscow, Macquarie University, Monash University and Queensland University of Technologies, this YouTube video highlights the benefits of an Australian education. An Australian education offers quality learning and education outcomes delivered by world class institutions in some of the most highly rated cities in the world.

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Russian ANZACs: Threads of a Buried History

The photographic exhibition 'Russian ANZACs: Threads of a Buried History' tells the remarkable story of more than 30 of the 1,000 or so Russian Empire-origin individuals who fought for Australia during WWI including many at Gallipoli. A largely unknown history until the work 10 years ago of pioneering Russian-Australian researcher Dr. Elena Govor, you can learn more about these forgotten ANZACs until 30 September.

Date: 1 June to 30 September
Venue: Ratnaya Palata WWI Museum, Tsarkoe Selo (25km from St Petersburg)

For more details please check:

Federal Election 2016

The Australian federal election was held on Saturday, 2 July 2016. For the official result of the election, please visit the Australian Electoral Commission's website.